Botanical Name: Pachira Aquatica
Common Name: Money Tree
Novice/Intermediate. Pretty easy, but it's not a snake plant.
Perceived to be good luck by many, the iconic Money tree features 3-5 braided ashy grey trunks from which spikes of bright green leaves erupt in groups of 5-6. The leaves are rather kayak-shaped, with narrow points on either end that broaden in the middle.
When grown indoors, the Money tree is unlikely to reach more than 1-2m (3-6ft) tall. Outside is a whole different story: in their native habitat, they grow up to 18m (60ft). So, taller than leprechauns, but more reachable than rainbows.
Bright, indirect light with moderate to high humidity is preferred. Keep away from drafty locations and out of direct light to avoid leaf loss and browning, respectively. Ideally, you have a bright, steamy bathroom for your Money tree, but if that’s not an option, enhance the humidity by filling a shallow tray with small pebbles and place your tree on top. If it’s going somewhere with more direct light, turn it regularly to avoid burning the leaves.
Water: Water every one-two weeks, allowing the soil to dry in between. More light = more water, so take the Money trees placement into consideration and monitor leaves for clues to its health.
Money trees are prone to root rot, so use a sandy, peat-moss based soil and place in a pot with good drainage. When the top several centimetres of soil are dry, water thoroughly, until it starts draining from the bottom of the pot; discard excess water.
Safe as houses. Whatever that means.
Non-toxic but also not intended to be cat food. May cause indigestion.*
*According to the ASPCA
Money Tree 10"
This Money Tree comes in a 10" plastic growers pot.
Approximately 4 feet tall, measured from the base of the pot.
*All plants vary, and may not be exactly as pictured.